Howdy again ya’ll!
Thought that since I have access to internet this week I might as well just update this one more time for the end of IST. And I realized that I forgot a little bit to include in my last post. So let’s do the Time Warp (insert Rocky Horror joke here) and head back a couple weeks.
So the week before IST we had a bit of a shortage at sight. A teacher shortage. We are still waiting as far as I know for two temporary teachers to be assigned by the government. And two weeks ago the school head, Senior Teacher Guidance/Standard 1 Teacher/My counterpart, and one of the two Standard 7 teachers went to a week-long training. So back in Kaudwane we had 6 teachers and me. We are supposed to have ten teachers since three of the Standards (1, 2, and 7) are big classes. So with only 7 of us total we each took one of the Standards for the week. So I taught Standard 5 all week. In nearly every subject (barring CAPA and Setswana). I even taught have a lesson of Religious and Moral education. But I focused with them mostly on Math, Science, Social Studies, English, and Agriculture.
And I must say, you learn a lot about classroom management when you are thrust into a situation when you are teaching students who have English as a 4th language. Eish! But all in all I did survive the week, despite it being the most hectic of my life. Because in addition to teaching Standard 5 I also started my first Life Skills lessons with every class. So I also had to run around to 6 other classes during the week doing half-hour lessons. And I still don’t know if we have a Standard 5 teacher yet. I hope we do.
But anyway, for IST. It has been a bit of a hassle overall. I did get to see everyone, and had a great time, but I am frustrated that I had to miss a week of work when it was just starting to pick up. But at least I am getting my rent money on Tuesday, along with my Youth Forum reimbursement. And they just announced that the Ministry of Education is now asking us to go to a 2 week long training for just the Life Skills volunteers starting the last week of Feb. And we have Peace Corps regional in between. So now I feel like I am hardly spending any time a site, which is agitating. But you have to be flexible I suppose.
Anyway, short one, but I wanted to abuse the internet while I had it.
P.S. Sorry to Tracy for breaking your foot the first day of IST.